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Crowley’s Logistics Group Receives Ford Silver Award for Supplier Excellence in Venezuela

(Jacksonville, Fla.; March 21, 2001) – Crowley’s logistics group in Venezuela has received Ford Motor Company of Venezuela’s prestigious Silver Award for Supplier Excellence in the Non-Productive Supplier category. Crowley was the only logistics provider recognized by Ford among the more than 100 awardees in attendance at recent ceremonies held in Chichirivichi, Falcon State, Venezuela.

According to Marco Morales, purchasing manager for Ford Venezuela, Crowley was nominated for the award because of the outstanding Colombia Lead Logistics Provider (LLP) service and trucking operations it provided Ford Venezuela during the year 2000. Crowley continues to provide these services to Ford on an ongoing basis.

Ford’s criteria for the Silver Award included operating with less than a 20 percent internal customer claim rate, providing on-time service and delivery of materials and exhibiting a commitment to providing quality service.

“We recognize the hard work put forth by Crowley and commend the company on its efforts to make the Colombia LLP project happen,” Morales said. “Crowley is the kind of supplier Ford wants to do business with.”

Crowley manages a wide array of logistics services for Ford in Venezuela including, freight forwarding in the U.S.; transportation of all inbound and outbound container loads within Venezuela; milk-run, consolidation, transport & customs brokerage for all material coming from Colombia to Ford’s plant in Valencia, Venezuela; and transport and customs brokerage for Ford’s materials going from Venezuela to its plant in Bogota, Colombia.

“We have a long-standing commitment to providing quality service for Ford,” said John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, logistics. “We are honored to have received the Silver Award in Venezuela and are also proud to have been granted Ford Q1 status in 1998, and to have been among 47 suppliers from seven countries presented the World Excellence Award in 1998.”

Oakland-based Crowley, founded in 1892, is primarily a family- and employee-owned company engaged in worldwide logistics, liner services, contract towing and transportation, energy support services, ship assist and escort services, vessel management and petroleum and chemical marine transport. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at

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